China-U.S. presidents' talks attract international media attention

09:24, November 19, 2009      

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The international media have widely reported talks between Chinese President Hu Jintao and visiting U.S. President Barack Obama in Beijing on Tuesday, during which they discussed bilateral ties and global issues of mutual concern.

AFP reported Wednesday that both leaders spoke about building a "positive, cooperative, and comprehensive" relationship by using the exact same phrase, adding that China's growing global reach means Washington and Beijing were building what may be the world's dominant diplomatic relationship.

Aides to the U.S. president stressed he was working on a relationship that would be invaluable for the future, the news agency reported.

The Associated Press reported that Hu and Obama promised a determined, joint effort to tackle climate change, nuclear disarmament and other global troubles.

Headway was made on climate change, as the two leaders committed their countries to backing a detailed political agreement at the Copenhagen conference, the news agency noted.

Singapore's leading English newspaper, the Straits Times, said Wednesday China and the United States emerged from key talks on Tuesday pledging to build a bond tighter than ever.

The newspaper said both leaders emphasized their broad-ranging cooperation on the financial crisis, climate change and nuclear issues on the Korean Peninsula and in Iran.

According to Pakistan newspaper DAWN, Obama said the United States wanted China to help improve relations between India and Pakistan and to work with it to ensure that neither Pakistan nor Afghanistan was used as a base for terrorism.

It said diplomatic observers in Washington considered U.S. recognition of China's growing influence in Asia as a significant development.

"In doing so, the United States also has accepted the fact that China could play an important role in not only improving India-Pakistan relations but also in bringing stability to Afghanistan," the newspaper noted.

Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun on Wednesday said Hu and Obama agreed to strengthen cooperation that met common interests of the two countries, adding that China intended to build a more stable constructive relationship with the United States.

Meanwhile, Japan's Asahi Shimbun said both leaders agreed to further develop bilateral ties and cooperate on issues such as global warming and nuclear non-proliferation, which indicated Sino-U.S. relationship had entered a new phase.

Japan's public broadcaster, NHK, said Obama's visit to China was the longest leg of his Asia tour, indicating the importance he attached to the China tour.

Vietnamese newspaper Thanh Nien reported Wednesday the Chinese and U.S. leaders expressed willingness to promote cooperation in the spirit of seeking common ground while reserving differences, and to strive to resolve problems in bilateral ties through dialogue.

Understanding and cooperation between China and the United States, two big countries with great influences in the world, were conducive to tackling major international issues, including climate change and the global financial crisis, the newspaper noted.

French newspaper Le Figaro said Wednesday the two leaders' discussion on climate change was fruitful, adding they also reached agreements on nuclear issues of the Korean Peninsula and Iran.

The two sides also reaffirmed the principle of non-interference in each other's internal affairs, the newspaper reported.

The official talks between the two presidents were held here at the Great Hall of the People on Tuesday after a close-door meeting. They also held a joint press conference after the talks.

It was their third meeting this year, following one in London in April and another in New York in September.

Obama was on his first state visit to China at the invitation of Hu. He started the visit on Sunday in Shanghai and left China on Wednesday.

Source:Xinhua
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